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The yogis assume the Buddha posture not only to save themselves from a fall should they slip into the trance state, but also should they inadvertently enter the ordinary sleep state. It is to prevent the drowsiness which develops into sleep that they sit stiffly erect. These are all surface reasons; there are deeper ones, which refer to Spirit-Energy.

-- Notebooks Category 5: The Body > Chapter 5: Exercise > # 84

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